Maintaining consistency, while still being flexible

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I have worked in two different types of programs at this point - one in which each individual instructor had pretty much complete control over their course, and one in which courses are developed as a master and all sections are taught using that particular course (no alterations allowed).

I have seen the headaches caused with every single course being a different build (a nightmare when trying to evaluate courses and support students). But I am also aware that faculty feel like their hands are tied when it comes to teaching a pre-determined course (as if students are just taking part in a faceless MOOC).

Is there a middle ground that can provide the students with some level of consistency in their educational experience, instructors the freedom to teach in their own style, and some level of sanity for the online/elearning department that supports everyone involved?

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